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The Solaris Helpers Page

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The "ready-to-go" Solaris Helpers Page


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W h a t ' s   N e w

A new, higher performance MPEG video player mtv
(MpegTV player) is available from the company MpegTV, as a commercial
alternative to mpeg_play.


To encourage improvements and ports to other systems, the mpeg3play
0.9 source code is available. mpeg3play can be found
here.






Table of Contents  (links to
page sections are in the left column)







































Overview What is this page all about?

Disclaimer

Download gunzip

Supported file types
Browser interface About Netscape and MIME types
Installation Download mime.types

Download mailcap
Program index Browser utilities

Audio players

Video players

Image viewers

Document viewers

VRML browsers
Netscape plugins Tcl/Tk plugin from SunLabs

Acrobat Reader

CoolTalk
Tools & Utilities Additional Solaris programs
Setup & Configurations Web-related setup information



Netscape 2.x users: this page uses table background colors,
which
are only
supported in Netscape 3.x. Use version 3.x if possible.






History


Go here to view a listing of the page change history








Overview



Helper applications are programs that are assigned to handle multimedia
file formats (audio, video, images etc) that a web browser itself does
not understand. This page contains helper applications and set-up instructions
for Solaris versions of Netscape Navigator. The helper programs are verified
with Netscape 3.x, and I believe everything except plugins (and the
HTML table background colors on this page) also works with the 2.x version.



"Ready-to-go" means that no source code for the helper applications
can be downloaded from this page, only binaries and documentation. But
most of the programs are freely available on the net as source code. They
are copyrighted by their respective authors, who I have contacted to get
permission for making only the binaries available here.






Disclaimer:

Except for a number of bug fixes and functionality or performance
improvements, the binaries have been compiled directly from the source
code pointed to
by the "home" link for each application. The material placed
on this page is provided "as is". I have verified the correctness
of this information the best I can, but I do no take responsibility for
any errors or damages that may result from the usage of this information.



The SPARC executables run on Solaris 2.4 or later releases, but because of
their general nature, they can of course just as well be used standalone
or as helpers for other HTML browsers. SPARC binaries are compiled and
optimized for the sun4m architecture (SPARC V8) using the latest Sun
compiler, SPARCompiler 4.0. SPARC audio applications are built for and
tested on systems with 16-bit (CD quality) audio, but should also work with
the older 8-bit (phone quality) audio interface. See the man pages for
application-specific options.



Solaris/x86 binares are created with Sun ProCompiler 3.0.1 on
Solaris/x86 version 2.5.



Each application is downloaded as a gzip-compressed tar file. If you
don't have gunzip, get a binary from
ftp.netscape.com,
sunsite.unc.edu,
ftp.quintus.com or
smc.vnet.net.



This table is a summary of the multimedia file formats that become supported
if all helper applications on this page are installed. Netscape will start
the appropriate helper if the data arrives from an HTTP server (assuming
that the server is properly configured), by FTP, as attachment in
Netscape news or Netscape mail (by clicking the attachment) or when loaded
from a local file.




























































    Multimedia type File extension
    Audio formats Sun audio

    WAVE

    AIFF

    MPEG audio

    MOD

    General MIDI

    RealAudio
    au

    wav

    aif aiff

    mp2 mp3

    mod xm s3m stm...



    mid

    ra ram
    Video formats QuickTime

    AVI

    FLI

    FLC

    MPEG-1
    mov

    avi

    fli

    flc

    mpg mpeg
    Images PBM

    PGM

    PPM

    PNM

    Sun Raster

    X Pixmap

    X Window Dump

    Photo CD

    TIFF
    pbm

    pgm

    ppm

    pnm

    ras

    xpm

    xwd

    pcd

    tif tiff
    Document formats Postscript

    Adobe Acrobat
    ps eps

    pdf
    VRML (Virtual Reality

    Modeling Language)
    VRML 1.0

    VRML 2.0
    wrl

    wrl
    Scripting languages Tcl/Tk "tclet" tcl







The browser interface



When Netscape loads data by HTTP, it first checks if it can handle the
MIME type in the protocol itself (HTML text, GIF or JPEG image,
etc), then checks if a helper application is defined in the ~/.mailcap
file for that MIME type. If there is one, the data is sent to the helper
application as a temporary file, otherwise Netscape pops up a "Save
As..." file selector. The extension of the file that is downloaded
doesn't matter in this case.



On the other hand, if a local file is opened or a file is downloaded
by FTP, Netscape uses the ~/.mime.types file to look up the MIME type for the
file, identified by the file extension. Unlike some earlier browsers, Netscape
has a long list of built-in MIME types (the complete list can be found
in http://home.netscape.com/assist/helper_apps/mimedefault.html),
and doesn't normally need any mime.types file at all. But this page defines
helpers for a number of file types it doesn't know about (mid, fli, flc, wrl
and all the module audio file types mod, xm, s3m, stm, mtm, ult, uni and it),
and a ~/.mime.types file must therefore be installed. To
better document the setup and make things work with other browsers, it
contains the complete list of types.



It is still possible to save file types that have had helper applications
defined for them by shift-clicking the left mouse button or selecting "Save
Link As.." from the menu (right button).







Installation



The applications are divided into categories (audio, video, ...) and the
structure of each application that can be downloaded as a binary from this
page is identical: first a short description with usage hints, then four
links:




  • Download Solaris/SPARC gets you a gzipped tar file that contains
    the SPARC binary and documentation for that application. Once you have the
    archive, unzip it and extract the files. Put the binary in the search path
    (preferably /usr/local/bin) to make it accessible to Netscape,
    and put the man page somewhere in MANPATH (i.e. /usr/local/man).
    The file extension of man pages in the archives is .1 or
    .man.

  • Download Solaris/x86 is as similar link as above, but the
    archive contains an Intel binary. The SPARC and x86 archives are otherwise
    identical.

  • Home is the author's home page or ftp site where
    source code and more information can be found.

  • Author sends mail to the author (this is where bug reports
    should go
    :^)).


  • Setup information for applications that can be downloaded
    as Solaris binaries from other sites (Adobe Acrobat Reader, VRweb, etc)
    have three links: Download, Home, Vendor. The Download link should
    lead to the vendor's download page or anonymous ftp site.



    Below the links are additional installation instructions (which are only
    necessary for a few programs), and then a table listing the mime.types
    and mailcap definitions for the application. To make it possible
    to verify that the
    programs really work after the installation, most
    applications also have one or more test files (located below the table).
    All test files are believed to be in the public domain, but I will remove
    any files that are not such at the copyright owner's request.



    Let's install



    Start the installation by downloading the
    mime.types and
    mailcap files and copy them to
    $HOME/.mime.types and $HOME/.mailcap, respectively.



    Open the Options->General Preferences window and click "Ok"
    to close it again. This makes Netscape read the new mime.types and mailcap
    files.



    Then download the helpers applications you are interested in and install
    the binaries and manual pages. The only program that includes files that
    must be installed in a specific location is TiMidity (but there's a workaround,
    see the TiMidity installation instructions).



    Click each "test" link to verify that the helpers applications
    work as expected.







    Program index



    Setup instructions and download information are currently available
    for the following programs (links to the application categories are in the
    left column).



    The programs on a red background can be downloaded as Solaris binaries
    from this page, and the programs on a white background are already part of
    Solaris or can be downloaded as binaries from other sites, with
    links from this page.



    Sorry Netscape 2.x users, you can't see the colors. But
    to make life easier, the binaries that are available for download from this
    page are marked with an asterisk.










    Browser utilities



    XPlayGizmo 1.0  is a utility that was written for use with NCSA
    Mosaic. It is a small control panel that pops up after the browser invokes
    an external sound player or movie viewer, and makes it possible to play
    sound and movie files multiple times without multiple data transfers. Downloaded
    sounds/movies can also be saved to local files.



    Note: XPlayGizmo must be installed if you intend to use the maplay
    (MPEG audio player) or mikmod (MOD player) helpers with the default mailcap
    file provided on this page.









    Audio players



    xplay 0.7  is a utility for playing audio files of type .au
    (Sun audio files), .wav (Windows 3.0 WAVE format) and .aiff
    (Apple/SGI AIFF file). It opens a small audio control window with
    pause/rewind/save/volume controls, much like xplaygizmo. The popup window
    automatically exits after 3 seconds of inactivity.



    The program has restrictions: compressed AIFF and WAVE files are
    not supported and the number of WAVE formats that can be played are
    limited, but it adapts the input to the available hardware, doing rate-conversion
    and converting stereo to mono as required for the older 8-bit harware,
    while taking advantage of the 16-bit CD-quality audio interface on newer
    machines.







    maplay 1.3 beta  is the second release of an MPEG audio player/decoder
    that decodes layer I and II MPEG audio streams and plays them using the
    CD-quality Sun audio device. The player supports all modes (single channel,
    stereo, joint stereo and dual channel) and all bit rates except free mode.
    MPEG audio compression uses a lossy compression algorithm that achieves
    a compression rate of 1:3 up to 1:24 compared to raw PCM data.








    mikmod 2.13  is a portable module player written
    originally by Jean-Paul Mikkers (MikMak). It plays the XM, MOD, MTM,
    S3M, STM, ULT and UNI module formats, and IT support is currently being
    worked on. The Unix version of the player is controllable via
    an ncurses interface and extracts and plays modules from a variety of
    archive formats. As of version 1.90 and higher, mikmod is shareware.
    This only means that you have to give the author a one-time $25 US
    registration fee if you want to use mikmod commercially. See
    register.frm included in the archive for more information.



    The following keyboard commands are recognized
    when files are played from the command line



    Key Action
    --- ------
    x,e,q quit
    <space> pause (also releases sound device until needed again)
    n, down, CR next mod
    p, up restart current/previous mod
    >, right next pattern
    <, left restart current/previous pattern
    , down tempo
    . up tempo
    / normal tempo
    - down volume
    + up volume
    * normal volume
    d toggle deletion marking on/off
    y delete current mod if marked

    The Solaris binary that can be downloaded here includes three performance
    enhancements and a new "quiet mode" command line option -q which
    makes it possible to use mikmod as a helper application.








    TiMidity 0.2i  is a MIDI to WAVE converter that uses Gravis
    Ultrasound-compatible patch files to generate digital audio data from General
    MIDI files. The audio data can be played through any sound device
    or stored to disk. On fast machines, music can be played in real time.
    TiMidity runs under Linux, FreeBSD, HP-UX, SunOS, Solaris and Win32.



    The default mailcap file starts up TiMidity to output audio data in
    real-time, mono mode, at a sample rate of 22.05 kHz. It is possible to
    increase the sampling frequency and switch to stereo to get even better sound
    quality (and consume more CPU). Take a look at the midiplay script
    (see below) for a list of valid sampling frequencies and the stereo/mono
    flag.



    The TiMidity volume control may be a little confusing. It controls the
    volume of the sound that is generated and not the volume control of the
    workstation. Because the output is buffered, volume changes are delayed.
    It's easier to use /usr/openwin/bin/audiocontrol as volume control
    instead.





























      Download
    • Solaris/SPARC:
    • timidity-0_2i.tgz (362K)
    • Solaris/x86:
    • not available
      Home: http://www.clinet.fi/~toivonen/timidity/
      Author: toivonen@clinet.fi (Tuukka Toivonen)


      Note: the timidity tar file includes another tar file usr-local-lib-timidity.tar
      in addition to the binary and documentation. This file contains a number
      of configuration files and two sound patches that must be installed in
      /usr/local/lib/timidity (the path name is compiled into the binary).
      To install the config and patch files, create the directory /usr/local/lib/timidity
      and extract the tar file from that directory.



      Root access is normally needed to create directories and files in /usr/local/lib,
      but it should also be possible to install the config file somewhere else
      by pointing to it with the -c command line option. In this case, the config
      file must be edited to load the instrument patches from the new location.



      Because TiMidity is released under the terms of the GNU General Public
      License, the file "timidity-solarisDiffs.29sep96" that
      contains my source code changes is also included. To add these fixes to the
      original 0.2i source code, patch the source using this command "patch
      -p < timidity-solarisDiffs.29sep96
      ".















      mime.types mailcap
      audio/x-midi           mid midi timidity -s 22050 -imq -OdM %s



      cavatina.mid (6K, General MIDI file)



      Only guitar and piano audio patches are included in the TiMidity tar
      file, but it's possible to download a complete sound patch collection for
      the General MIDI instrument set from the MIDIA archive: ftp://archive.cs.umbc.edu/pub/midia/instruments.tar.gz
      (8MB).



      To install the instrument files, cd to /usr/local/lib/timidity
      and extract instruments.tar.gz there (or extract it somewhere
      else and make "instruments" a symbolic link to wherever
      it's installed), then get this new timidity.cfg
      configuration file and copy it to the same directory (but save a backup
      copy of the original file as timidity.cfg.orig first).



      Now TiMidity is ready to play the full General MIDI instrument set!
      Try this Rush favourite "Tom Sawyer" from Moving Pictures




      sawyer.mid (36K, General MIDI file)



      Here is also a little utility of my own, a script midiplay
      that starts TiMidity with the same options as mailcap does. Put it in the
      search path, and you can type "midiplay yourfile.mid"
      to play MIDI files from the command line.






    raplayer 3.0  is the popular RealAudio player that plays audio
    in real time over 14.4 or 28.8 modems. Version 3.0 supports broadcast-quality
    audio, including stereo at 28.8 kbps speeds and near-CD quality at ISDN and LAN
    speeds. Solaris 2.4 users must currently still download the 2.0 version.



    The player is free for individual use.









    Video players



    Netscape includes built-in support for GIF89 animations, but many sites
    misuse this feature by putting dozens of animations on a single HTML page, which may
    slow down the browser too much.
    Here is a simple, lightweight example: a beating heart.
    Press the Stop button to stop the animation (this only works in Netscape 3.x).



    XAnim 2.70.6.3  is a well-known program on Unix systems for displaying
    animations, video and audio files of various formats. It also provides
    many options that allow the user to alter colormaps, playback speed, looping
    modes and it can provide on-the-fly scaling of animiations.







    mpeg_play 2.0 MI  is a public domain MPEG video decoder, that
    displays an MPEG-1 video stream in an X window. This particular version
    (MI) has an improved Motif user interface. It plays only MPEG-1 video streams,
    and can not handle multiplexed MPEG or video+audio streams.






    mtv 0.9  (MpegTV player) is a real time software-only
    MPEG-1 video player with audio/sync for Unix/X-Windows platforms
    with 8-bit, 16-bit, 24-bit or 32-bit frame buffers.
    The MpegTV player plays MPEG-1 video and systems streams with Layer I
    and II audio in realtime. Audio is played in sync with video and
    graceful degradation is achieved with frame dropping if necessary.


    Free demo versions of the player can be downloaded for Solaris
    (SPARC/UltraSPARC) or Linux (x86 ELF), but the demo versions
    are time limited and the audio is disabled after 30 seconds.


    To install the MpegTV player as the MPEG video helper application (as a
    replacement for mpeg_play), follow the installation instructions on the home page
    and simply edit ~/.mailcap and replace the startup command for the
    video/mpeg MIME type "mpeg_play -quiet %s" (see mpeg_play
    above) with "mtv %s".








    Image viewers



    Solaris Netscape supports the most popular web image types GIF, JPEG
    and X bitmaps, but doesn't have built-in support for other formats. Therefore,
    some external image viewers might be useful.



    xli 1.16  is a version of xloadimage that can view several image
    types under X11, or load images onto the root window. A variety of options
    are available to modify images prior to viewing. These options include
    clipping, dithering, depth reducing, zoom, brightening or darkening, input
    gamma correction and image merging.



    The default mailcap configuration starts xli with the -fit -colordither
    options to avoid colormap flashing, but to get the best possible color
    quality the options can be removed if colormap flashing is acceptable.



    Type xli -support to see the supported image types.





























      Download
    • Solaris/SPARC:
    • xli-1_16.tgz (151K)
    • Solaris/x86:
    • xli-1_16-x86.tgz (136K)
      Home: ftp://ftp.x.org/contrib/applications/
      Author: graeme@labtam.oz.au (Graeme Gill)

























































      mime.types mailcap
      image/x-portable-bitmap         pbm xli -fit -colordither -quiet %s
      image/x-portable-graymap      pgm xli -fit -colordither -quiet %s
      image/x-portable-pixmap         ppm xli -fit -colordither -quiet %s
      image/x-portable-anymap        pnm xli -fit -colordither -quiet %s
      image/x-cmu-raster                 ras xli -fit -colordither -quiet %s
      image/x-xpixmap                    xpm xli -fit -colordither -quiet %s
      image/x-xwindowdump            xwd xli -fit -colordither -quiet %s
      image/x-photo-cd                     pcd xli -fit -colordither -quiet %s


      [Type q inside the xli window to close the window]








    xtiff 2.0  is a tool for viewing TIFF files. The xtiff
    source release contains two user interfaces: an Xlib and an Athena
    widgets version. This is the Xlib version with one enhancement: the q key
    can be used to exit the viewer (like xli and xv). xtiff has two major limitations:
    it always installs a private colormap (which results in colormap flashing)
    and it cannot dither images that are deeper than the available visuals.












    Document viewers



    pageview  is a PostScipt viewer that is part of the OpenWindows
    deskset. It should always be available in a CDE and OpenWindows environment
    in /usr/openwin/bin. No installation or special configuration is necessary
    for this application.
















      mime.types mailcap
      application/postscript       ai eps ps pageview -geometry 495x700 -dpi 60 %s



      illusion.ps (1K, Postscript document)







    acroread 3.0  (Acrobat Reader) is the latest version of a
    free utility for viewing, navigating, and printing Adobe Acrobat PDF
    files. It also offers new
    features like progressive display, font blitting and antialiased text.



    The 3.0 version also runs as a Netscape plugin.









    VRML browsers



    Both VRML 1.0 and 2.0 worlds have the same MIME type. Because there
    aren't any VRML browsers that can load both the 1.0 and 2.0 file formats, I
    have written a generic startup script dispatch-vrml that determines
    the version number by looking at the first "magic" line, and
    starts the appropriate browser. The script starts VRweb to view VRML 1.0
    files, and for VRML 2.0 files, it first builds a temporary HTML file in
    /tmp which references the VRML file. The Java appletviewer is then
    called to visualize the VRML object using the Liquid Reality Java toolkit.



    Begin the VRML installation by downloading the script, and install it
    in the search path.










      Download: dispatch-vrml (1K)














      mime.types mailcap
      x-world/x-vrml                 wrl dispatch-vrml %s %u; \

                  description="VRML world";







    VRML 1.0




    VRweb 1.3  is a browser for 3D worlds and objects modeled in the
    Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML). VRweb is the only VRML browser
    which is freely available in complete source code (under the GNU General
    Public License). It does not require commercial packages such as Inventor
    or Motif, and is capable of running on many platforms.



    The VRweb project began as a joint project between IICM, NCSA and the
    University of Minnesota.






    VRML 2.0





    Liquid Reality 1.0  is a VRML toolkit from Dimension X. The
    toolkit is a set of Java class libraries that offers VRML 2.0 functionality.
    With the toolkit, it is possible to create viewers, tools, and solutions that
    are VRML 2.0 compliant. In addition, the toolkit is extensible using Java.



















      Download:
      http://www.dimensionx.com/products/lr/download/

      (about 780K)
      Home: http://www.dimensionx.com/
      Vendor: Dimension X


      Installation: This is more complicated than the VRweb installation.
      Download Liquid Reality 1.0 beta 11 for Solaris from Dimension X using the
      link above. But Liquid Reality won't run alone, it needs a Java environment.
      As it currently is not supported in Netscape 3.x, the choice is simple:
      download JDK (Java Development Kit) 1.0.2 from SunSoft to get the applet
      viewer:


















      Download: http://www.javasoft.com/products/JDK/index.html
      (about 4.7MB)
      Home: http://www.javasoft.com/
      Vendor: JavaSoft


      Now proceed like this:



      Set the environment variable LREALITY to where you want to
      install Liquid Reality, for example /usr/local/vrml/lr-1.0b11,
      and install the product there

      % setenv LREALITY /usr/local/vrml/lr-1.0b11
      % mkdir -p $LREALITY
      % cd $LREALITY
      % gtar xzvf lr-sol10b11.tar.gz

      Set the environment variable JDK to where you want to
      install JDK 1.0.2, for example /usr/local/java/jdk-1.0.2,
      and install the product there

      % setenv JDK /usr/local/java/jdk-1.0.2
      % mkdir -p $JDK
      % cd $JDK
      % gtar xzvf JDK-1_0_2-solaris2-sparc.tar.Z

      Edit ~/.login and add the "setenv" definitions of LREALITY and JDK above.
      The variables are only set to simplify the installation and have no
      meaning to any of the products.

      Create a link in $JDK/java/lib/sparc to $LREALITY/lib/sparc/libdnxice.so

      % ln -s $LREALITY/lib/sparc/libdnxice.so $JDK/java/lib/sparc

      After this, exit and restart Netscape with the new environment

      % netscape &

      The VRML 2.0 test link should now start up an appler viewer window
      that displays the same VRML object as the VRML 1.0 test link.



      vrml2monolithes.wrl (25K, VRML 2.0
      model)



      Liquid Reality demos: to interactively run the demos, a few more
      things need to be done



      Add $JDK/java/bin to the search path in order to find appletviewer

      % set path=($path $JDK/java/bin)

      Include the Liquid Reality classes directory in CLASSPATH

      % setenv CLASSPATH $LREALITY/classes

      Compile and run the cube demo

      % cd $LREALITY/demo/ice
      % javac Cube.java
      % appletviewer cube.html

      Run the viewer demo

      % cd $LREALITY/demo/lr
      % appletviewer index.html



      VRML 1.0 to 2.0 translation



      Sony has developed a VRML 1.0 to 2.0 converter
      "vrml1to2" that can be downloaded as a Solaris executable from
      http://vs.spiw.com/vs/vrml1to2E.html.



      I have used version 1.4b of this converter to translate vrml1monolithes.wrl
      to vrml2monolithes.wrl with the command "vrml1to2 vrml1monolithes.wrl
      vrml2monolithes.wrl"















     Netscape plugins


    Tcl/Tk plugin 1.1  from SunLabs. The
    1.1 version supports the following platforms: Solaris/SPARC,
    Solaris/Intel, SunOS, Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh, Linux, IRIX,
    Digital Unix and
    HP/UX. The scripts (or "Netscape Tcl tclets") that can be
    executed with this plugin are normal Tcl/Tk scripts, but they run in a
    slightly more restricted "Safe Tcl" environment (it's not
    allowed to read or write to local files by default, for example).



    The 2.0 version of the plugin is also available as an alpha release.





    Acrobat Reader 3.0  is the latest version of the free PDF
    reader from Adobe. The 3.0 version makes it possible to view PDF documents
    inside HTML browsers (since the reader can be installed as a plug-in) and
    offers new features like progressive display, font blitting and antialiased
    text.





    CoolTalk  is an Internet telephone tool that provides
    high-quality audio conferencing, a full-featured whiteboard, and text-based
    communications using the chat tool. With CoolTalk you can talk and work
    collaboratively with friends and colleagues via the Internet. Because
    CoolTalk works seamlessly with Navigator 3.x, calls can be sent and received
    directly from web pages.














     Tools & Utilities




    The following programs are not
    assigned as helper applications in the default mailcap file.




    mpeg3play 0.9 is an MPEG audio layer 2 and layer 3 audio decoder/player
    based on public ISO/MPEG audio decoder source code. The original software
    is a slow but portable MPEG to AIFF decoder, impossible to use as
    a real-time player.
    I have optimized the source code to the point where it becomes possible to use
    the decoder for real-time playback, and have modified it for output
    to the Solaris audio device. Version 0.9 is the first release
    to appear on this page.


    MPEG layer 3 is a powerful audio encoding format. It can serve
    as an efficient compression format (with a compression ratio of around 12:1)
    for storage and playback of local files,
    but more interestingly, it can handle compressed audio
    at bit rates low enough to stream over the Internet. Even
    bit rates of 16 kbit/s, suitable for 28.8 modem connections, are supported.
    It's also ideal for Usenet postings, because you don't have to download all
    parts of a song to hear it - just download one of the parts and listen to it!


    But it certainly isn't necessary to write a complete MPEG layer 3
    tutorial here, such information already exists on the Web. See this small
    MPEG layer 3 information page
    where I have collected some pointers to more information.


    mpeg3play is not yet defined as a helper application on this page
    (as a replacement for maplay) because version 0.9 is the first, experimental
    release. See below instructions for how to install it as a streaming
    audio player for Netscape 3.x by editing the .mime.types
    and .mailcap files. First download the Solaris/SPARC binary
    and install it in your search path

















      Download:
      mpeg3play-0_9.tgz
      (97K)
      Home:

      ftp://ftp.tnt.uni-hannover.de/pub/.../dist08.tar.gz
      (original source)
      Author:

      Johan.Hagman@mailbox.swipnet.se



      Edit ~/.mime.types and add the .mp3 extension, which maps locally
      loaded files or files downloaded by FTP to the MIME type audio/x-mpeg


      audio/x-mpeg mp2 mp3


      To define mpeg3play as the helper application for MPEG layer 2 and layer 3
      files, ~/.mailcap could be changed to simply start mpeg3play
      instead of maplay, but then audio streaming would not work. Edit
      ~/.mailcap like this instead

      audio/x-mpeg; mpeg3play -f -; stream-buffer-size=16000
      audio/mpeg; mpeg3play -f -; stream-buffer-size=16000


      This change will make Netscape open an "Audio Question" popup when it
      begins to download
      MPEG audio. The popup asks you to "Play from Network" or "Save First".
      Select "Play from Network" only if your network connection is fast enough to
      stream the data. "Save First" selects a non-streaming download that gets
      the complete file before mpeg3play is started to play it.


      Here are three CD quality or near-CD quality audio files that need
      to be "Saved First". The drums sounds are recorded directly from my Roland
      JV-30 GM synth. The layer 3 encoding shows almost no audible degradation,
      but high frequencies in the layer 2 file sound "raw" and some spurious noice
      is introduced (listen carefully at the end of the sample). Note that
      only UltraSPARC CPUs can decode the layer 3 drum sound in
      real time (a 50MHz SuperSPARC is at least not fast enough).

















      bell.mp3
      (7 sec, 56 kbit/s, 22.1kHz mono, 49K, ratio 6.2:1)

      drums.mp2
      (7 sec, 112 kbit/s, 44.1kHz stereo, 102K, ratio 12.5:1)

      drums.mp3
      (7 sec, 112 kbit/s, 44.1kHz stereo, 102K, ratio 12.5:1)


      Use "Play from Network" for the following files. The 16 kbit/s files
      stream fine over a 28.8 modem, but the 24 kbit/s file requires a slightly
      faster connection to avoid drop-outs.
















      guitar.mp3
      (3 min 35 sec, 16 kbit/s, 16kHz mono, 419K, ratio 16:1)

      guitar-24.mp3
      (24kbit/s, 22kHz version of the above. 630K, ratio 14.7:1)

      dadme.mp3
      (50 sec, 16 kbit/s, 22kHz mono, 97K, ratio 22:1)


      Performance note: with the current version of mpeg3play, a 16 kbit/s,
      22kHz layer 3 mono file is about the maximum that a 60MHz MicroSPARC II
      can handle when the data streams through Netscape (which
      adds some overhead).


      Other 16 kbit/s streaming sounds for 28.8 modem connections are on
      Darryl
      Miyaguchi's excellent page

      http://www.eskimo.com/~miyaguch/mp3.html



      Known problems with mpeg3play version 0.9


    • No clipping detection/correction is implemented. Clipped samples
      sound really ugly.
    • Audio streaming through Netscape sometimes fail (probably a
      caching issue, try to clear the cache if this happens).
    • Cannot play some 16kbps mono files, probably due to the crude
      implementation of bitstream synchword detection.



    • To decode a CD quality layer 3 bitstream in real time is a very
      CPU-intensive process.
      The UltraSPARC does it, but SuperSPARC/HyperSPARC CPUs may not be fast
      enough, at least with the current version of mpeg3play. Even Fraunhofer's
      l3dec player sometimes runs out of CPU with 44.1kHz, 128 kbit/s layer 3
      stereo files. In such cases, use the mpeg3play -o option to decode to
      an AIFF file, which can be played with xplay or converted to a Sun
      audio file using sox.


      Source code availability

      To encourage ports to other systems, the mpeg3play source code is
      also available. But note that this is the portable C version, and not
      quite as optimized as the Solaris binary which includes three functions
      optimized in SPARC assembly. See the README file in the archive for
      more details.


      To make it easier to update and improve mpeg3play, I would
      like to be notified of enhancements to this source, so that they can
      be merged into future versions of mpeg3play.







      Download source:
      mpeg3play-0_9-src.tar.gz
      (75K)






    sox 11.12  (SOund eXchange) is a universal sound sample
    translator that can convert between a number of audio file formats
    and apply sound effects to audio samples.



    This release understands "raw" files in various binary formats,
    raw textual data, Microsoft Windows .WAV files, MAUD files,
    Sound Blaster .VOC files, IRCAM SoundFile files, Sun .au files,
    mutant DEC .au files, Apple/SGI AIFF files,
    CD-R (music CD format), Macintosh HCOM files, Sounder files,
    NeXT .snd files, Sun ADPCM (compressed) .au files,
    Soundtool (DOS) files, and Psion (palmtop) A-law files.



    The sound effects include changing the sample rate, adding echo
    delay lines, applying low, high, and band-pass filtering,
    examining sample loops and grabbing the looped parts, translating
    between stereo and monophonic channels,
    reversing a sample, adding masking noise to avoid buzzing voices,
    and the infamous Fender Vibro effect.







    xautolock 1.10  monitors console activity, and fires up a
    program of you choice if nothing happens during a user configurable period
    of time. You can use xautolock to automatically start up a screen locker
    in case you tend to forget to do so manually.



    It is also possible to tell xautolock to take special actions when you
    move the mouse pointer into one of the screen corners and leave it there.





























      Download
    • Solaris/SPARC:
    • xautolock-1.10.tar.gz (15K)
    • Solaris/x86:
    • xautolock-1.10-x86.tar.gz (15K)
      Home: ftp://ftp.x.org/contrib/applications/
      Authors: detroch@imec.be (Stefan De Troch)

      eyckmans@imec.be (Michel Eyckmans)


      Here is a suggested configuration, that will fire up xlock after 8
      minutes of inactivity, or after 3 seconds if the mouse pointer is moved
      to the top right 10-pixel area of the screen. If the pointer is left in
      that corner after an unlock, xlock is started again after 30 seconds.



      Add the three lines below to ~/.xinitrc before the line


      "if [ -x $HOME/.openwin-init ]; then"



      # Start xautolock in the background
      xautolock -time 8 -corners 0+00 -cornerdelay 3 -cornerredelay 30 \
      -locker "$OPENWINHOME/bin/xlock -allowroot -mode swarm -delay 35000" &


      If the Xsun screen blanker is enabled in ~/.xinitrc (look for a line like

      "xset s n", where n > 0), that line must be commented out.




    xv 3.10a  displays images in the GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PBM, PGM, PPM,
    X11 bitmap, Utah Raster Toolkit RLE, PDS/VICAR, Sun Rasterfile, BMP, PCX,
    IRIS RGB, XPM, Targa, XWD, possibly PostScript, and PM formats on workstations
    and terminals running the X Window System



    xv is shareware for personal use only, but commercial, government and
    institutional users must register their copies. Please read the licensing
    issues in the README file and send licensing
    questions to xvbiz@devo.dccs.upenn.edu.



    xv is great for interactively displaying, cropping, converting and color
    correcting images, but it is not defined as a helper on this page because
    the size of the program makes the startup time longer than for the other,
    smaller image viewers.















     Setup & Configurations



    Background sounds on HTML pages


    Both Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer provide a way to
    automatically play background sounds after a page is loaded.
    Unfortunately, MSIE uses the <BGSOUND> tag for background
    sounds while Netscape uses the <EMBED> tag.
    Page authors should use both if the page is intended to work with
    both browsers [side note: MSIE 3.01 will apparently also recogize
    <EMBED> tags if Active-X (or movie?) stuff is installed].


    Pages with background sounds should therefore include tags like these
    in the body of the page (the .wav format is probably most portable and
    should play on most platforms):


    <EMBED src="/usr/local/apache/htdocs/testlib/public_html/book/WEBMASTER/solhelpers.txt/bgsound.wav" TYPE="audio/x-wav" AUTOSTART=TRUE HIDDEN=TRUE>
    <BGSOUND SRC="bgsound.wav" LOOP=INFINITE>


    However, the above does not work for the Solaris version of
    Netscape, since the <EMBED> tag is only for plug-ins,
    and no MIDI/au/wav/aiff plug-ins are currently available for Solaris.


    To enable background sounds for Solaris, a HTML page
    can define a main frame where the text is shown
    and a tiny frame that just
    loads the audio file that should play as a background sound.
    Pages authored this way work with both audio plug-ins
    and audio helper applications.


    Try this background sound test page that
    uses a .wav file as background sound. The page sets up its
    frames like this


    <FRAMESET ROWS="99%,*">
    <NOFRAMES>
    This document must be viewed using a frame-enabled browser.
    </NOFRAMES>
    <FRAME src="/usr/local/apache/htdocs/testlib/public_html/book/WEBMASTER/solhelpers.txt/mainframe.html">
    <FRAME SRC="audio/bgsound.wav">
    </FRAMESET>








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